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Form and structure of Absurd Person Singular

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Form and structure of Absurd Person Singular Plays are usually divided into acts and scenes. However in Absurd Person Singular we can clearly see three acts although there is evidently one scene in each act which in itself is a continuous sequence of events. Playwrights often have parallel scenes at different points in a play, or juxtapose two very different scenes to make a point. However Alan Ayckbourn juxtaposes the acts by having each act as the consecutive year therefore highlighting the change that we see. I find that Alan Ayckbourn has two or three plot lines going at once, and he uses the sub-plots to illuminate the main plot. The play is a farce with comical acts however he maintains to incorporate the serious undertones. The structure of the play is distinctively unique; it is not a one way play as each act is a story in its own right linked by past, present and future. The play also doesn't have a conclusion which illustrates Ayckbourns suggestion that comedy doesn't need a happy ending, just like real life doesn't. The form and structure of the play is the way in which Ayckbourn has decided to put across his intentions to the audience. ...read more.


The kitchen is also a feature in which Ayckbourn can use appliances conveniently to shape the play and keep it engaging. In Act 1, we see Sidney and Jane are in their new modern kitchen. It is naturalistic setting and the appearance of it mirrors the couple. It is fanatically tidy which reveals Jane's personality particularly and we also learn of Sidney's aspire to develop his business. There are off-stage sounds such as voices and mainly doorbells which generate more commotion and therefore interest. It also makes the pace swift and continues the plot succession. Initially we are told about the Potters who we never see throughout the play. We are introduced to the Potters early in the play and I primarily thought they would be a main couple through the play. Ayckbourn merges the lives and personalities of characters we never see with those onstage, by doing this we are able to learn more about the characters and their personality traits. For instance, the Potters serve as a way that we see the pretentiousness of the Brewster-Wrights. Geoffrey's key personality traits of disloyalty and selfishness to his wife come initiate from Lottie Potter when he tells the men of her appearance. ...read more.


The element allows the plays pace to continue quickly building up suspense and introducing new specific situations in each act. Act 3 highlights the change in Ron and Marions relationship as we instantly see them separated even though in the same house. The characters get themselves into ridiculous situations which is called absurd naturalism. Although the situation all seem at appearance comical they all lay serious undertones that Ayckbourn makes certain to point out. We see Eva unsuccessfully and wordlessly trying every suicide trick in the book to no avail, and to the ignorance of the other couples who conveniently misinterpret her actions for household duties and trying to be helpful. Alan Ayckbourns writing is linear and realistic and he effectively exploits the elements exclusive to theatrical art. I can clearly see from analysing the scrip that it is domestic issues, which dominate Ayckbourn's drama, such as insensitivity in marriage. He chooses to illuminate social problems indirectly through dramatic presentations. The way the playwright uses comedy and naturalistic devices to keep the audiences attention and the situations create suspense. His specific use of form and structure creates to unique and crucial aspects of the play. For example, Ayckbourn introduces two characters at a time which allows us to focus on different people consequently continuing our curiosity and allowing the characters to be revealed off each other and creating appealing situations. ...read more.

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